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Sex abuse lawsuit settled against elite NYC prep school

Horace Mann SchoolAn elite New York City prep school has settled a sexual abuse lawsuit filed against it in New Jersey.

Plaintiff attorney Rosemarie Arnold confirmed with the Wall Street Journal ( that the settlement with the Horace Mann School had been reached. However, she declined to provide specifics.
The school wouldn't comment.

Arnold represented a man who was in his 50s when he claimed a now-deceased music teacher had sexually abused him in the 1970s.


Alabama inmate to be freed after 30 years on death row

Anthony Ray HintonAn inmate on Alabama's death row for nearly 30 years will go free after prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of the committing.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Petro dismissed the case against Anthony Ray Hinton on Thursday morning, according to local news website Three ballistics experts said “they could not conclusively determine” that any of the six bullets used in the murders came from a gun found in Hinton’s home, reported.


NY branch of Boy Scouts of America hires gay adult employee — defying nat'l leadership

BSAThe New York chapter of the Boy Scouts of America has made history by hiring an openly gay adult — and telling bigotry to take a hike.

They have hired a gutsy 18-year-old Eagle Scout named Pascal Tessier to work as a camp counselor this summer at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in upstate New York.  And nobody is prouder than his mom.

“I am,” said Tracie Felker, who lives in Hagerstown, Md., when asked about her boundary-breaking boy.


KKK members working as Florida corrections employees plotted to murder black inmate: officials

charles Thomas NewcomtTwo current and one former Florida corrections employees, all members of the Ku Klux Klan, planned to murder a black inmate after his release from prison, the state attorney general said Thursday.

Thomas Jordan Driver, 25, and David Elliot Moran, 47, current DOC employees, and former prison employee 42-year-old Charles Thomas Newcomb, were busted by the FBI for conspiring to kill the black inmate as “retaliation” for a fight between the prisoner and Driver, Attorney General Pam Bondi said.


2 Women With ISIS Link Arrested in Planned NYC Bomb Attack

NYC women arrested terrorismTwo women were arrested in the New York City area and accused of planning a bomb attack, federal authorities told ABC News. The women were reportedly radicalized by ISIS and were suspected of targeting military and government entities rather than civilians. The funeral of slain police officer Rafael Ramos was considered a target location for a bombing.

The women were identified as Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, in a complaint released by the United States attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York. The two were roommates in Queens and are both U.S. citizens.


Arkansas Governor Signs Domestic Violence Bill Dubbed 'Laura's Law'

Domestic violence bill ArkansasArkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a bill on Wednesday requiring police to screen domestic abuse victims to assess their risk of being killed in a domestic homicide, a proactive step that aims to reduce lethal intimate partner violence.

The legislation, called “Laura’s Law,” is named after Laura Aceves, a 21-year-mother of three who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2012. Last year, The Huffington Post ran an investigative story on Aceves’ death, examining why the criminal justice system was unable to protect her and exploring Arkansas’ poor record on domestic violence.


11 Atlanta Public School Employees Found Guilty In Cheating Scandal

Atlanta cheating scandalEleven of 12 former public school employees in Atlanta were found guilty of racketeering in what is thought to be the biggest cheating scandal in American education, NPR member station WABE reports.

One defendant, teacher Dessa Curb, was acquitted of all charges, according to WSB-TV's Richard Elliot.


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